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Commercial Music Careers

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Careers and salaries in the music industry vary widely according to type and location.

Local Career Information

According to Roy Machado, president of Dallas Audio Post Group, skilled freelance audio engineers in the Dallas area can earn $80,000 a year or more.

The best source of information on performing and recording opportunities, salaries and work availability is to ask local musicians and recording artists, expertise widely held by all of Cedar Valley’s Commercial Music program faculty members.

Career Statistics and Job Growth

America’s Career Infonet and the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook give detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities and salary ranges for specific jobs.

According to America’s Career Infonet, salaries and projected career growth for selected music industry occupations in Texas include:

Job Median
Hourly Rate

Projected Job
Growth Through 2020

Audio and video equipment technicians $19.08 $39,700 +18%
Musicians and singers $20.32 varies +15%
Sound engineering technicians $12.78 $26,600 +17%